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Sentencing for Biannela Susana, mother of Cristian Fernandez, postponed

11:22 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
Biannela Marie Susana
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The judge postponed sentencing Friday for Biannela Susana.

Susana is the mother of Cristian Fernandez, 14, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in his half-brother's death and faces juvenile sanctions.

Susana has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter via culpable negligence in the death of her two-year-old son.

At Friday's sentencing hearing, her attorneys asked for probation based on her traumatic background that includes physical violence at the hands of her husband.

The defense went on to ask for two years at a halfway house and one year as a full-time employee at Deloris Weaver's foundation for girls.

Prosecutor Marc Caleil agreed that Susana needs help, but someone has to stand up for the victim in this case.

Caleil focused on a number of lies the mother of two initially made, starting with her location, when Fernandez, who was 12 at the time, slammed his half-brother David Gallaraga's head into a bookshelf.

Police say Susana waited eight hours to take her son to the hospital after finding him unconscious.

The prosecution is no longer seeking a maximum of 30 years, instead reducing its request to 15 years. The sentencing date will be decided on August 11.

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